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100 moments in 100 days: Swindling a first round pick out of the broke boy Buffalo Bills for Fred Taylor

Rob Johnson Jaguars

This year marks the 25th season for the Jacksonville Jaguars. To celebrate, we’re counting down 100 days from our regular season kickoff with the top 100 moments in franchise history.

Yesterday it was trash.

Today? Trading Rob Johnson to the Buffalo Bills for a first and fourth round draft pick that we would turn into franchise running back Fred Taylor.

February 14, 1998

Rob Johnson was a supremely talented quarterback at Southern California, holding virtually every school passing record when he entered the NFL Draft after the 1994 season. He was the first pick in the fourth round of the 1995 NFL Draft and was picked as a developmental starter to compete with then back up Mark Brunell.

After riding the bench for much of the next two seasons, Johnson finally got a start at the end of the 1997 season. In his lone start in Week 17, he put up some impressive numbers — going 20-for-24 for 294 yards and two touchdowns.

After that season, Johnson was placed on the trading block and on February 14th — Valentine’s Day of all days! — he was traded to the Bills for first round (ninth overall) and fourth round (101st overall) draft picks. Those picks became Fred Taylor (arguably the best player in franchise history) and Tavian Banks (think Maurice Jones-Drew lite).

Johnson was immediately named the starting quarterback and signed a five year, $25 million contract... but it just didn’t work out.

He played four seasons for the Bills, starting only 26 games and battled injuries his entire career there. In his final two seasons in Buffalo he was sacked 80 times over a 20 game period.


Johnson played three more seasons in the NFL after he was released in 2002, suiting up for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Washington, and Oakland Raiders.

He’s now an assistant football coach at Mission Viejo High School — under his father Bob Johnson and alongside fellow assistant coach and brother Bret Johnson.

Send us your favorite moments and we’ll dig into each one until the Jaguars kick off on September 8th — including whatever video, audio, or stories we can find.

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